Attendance, Absence and School Hours
EYFS children should be brought to school by an authorised adult. The EYFS playground is open from 8.40am until the classrooms are open at 8.50 children must be supervised by an authorised adult. The gate to the EYFS playground is closed at 9.00am sharp, any late arrivals must then report to the main school office.
KS1 and KS2 Children
KS1 and KS2 children (up to and including Year 5) should be brought to school by an authorised adult. Parents/carers of children in Year 6 may wish their children to travel to school alone or with a friend, this is at the parents/carers discretion. The school is open from 8.40 am, at this time the children can go up to their classes and are supervised by school staff. Any children arriving before this time must be supervised by an authorised adult. The large school gate is closed at 9.00am any late arrivals must then report to the main school office.
School finishes at 3.15pm for EYFS children and 3.25pm for KS1 and 3.30pm for KS2 children.
The children in Nursery and Reception Classes wait inside their classrooms and are handed over individually to their parents/carers at the end of the day.
KS1 and KS2 Children
KS1 and KS2 children are escorted down to the school playground in their class groups by their teacher and teaching assistant at the end of the school day and are handed over individually to their parents/carers. Once a child has been handed over to a responsible adult, they are no longer the responsibility of the school. We ask parents/carers to remain vigilant after collecting their child to ensure that children do not become separated from the adults collecting them to ensure that they leave the school premises safely.
If children are attending the 3 Acres After school club it is the parent/carers responsibility to ensure that the staff at 3 Acres are informed of any changes to their agreed collection arrangements in advance.
Year 6 Children
Parents/Carers of children in Year 6 may understandably wish to encourage independence prior to their children going to Secondary School and allow their child to travel home alone, or with a friend. Should this be the case we ask that the class teacher, and the office staff are informed in writing using the school’s standard Permission to walk home alone proforma.
We do not allow children to go with unauthorised persons under any circumstances. Children cannot be collected by another school-aged child. There is a space on your Home Form to note the names of the adults who you allow to collect your child.
At St. Dominic's we ask parents to inform the school when their child is absent from school on the first day of absence by telephoning the school. To authorise this absence, we ask parents to complete the school's absence slip when the child returns to school.
At the moment if the school does not receive an absence slip to authorise a child's absence, the school office sends a reminder letter with the absence slip attached to parents.
Parents can download this form which is linked below, fill it in and send it, along with any medical evidence they may have to the school via email at the following address.
Absence slips will still be available in the school office for those parents who prefer to fill it in by hand.